The home of Cajun and Creole cuisine, the Crescent City's relationship with food is like its relationship with music -- vibrant and deep. New Orleans cuisine has French, Caribbean and African influences, which have amounted to New Orleans classics like gumbo, red beans and rice and jambalaya.
One thing that might surprise you during a trip to New Orleans is that you can eat fantastic food without breaking the bank. Of course, there are always the higher-end restaurants like Antoine's or Commander's Palace, but ask locals where they eat if you want to find authentic, inexpensive local food. Don't forget, New Orleans is famous for its po'boy sandwiches. You can find one just about anywhere. Don't be afraid to try more than one!